198

Steve Grover: Consideration

By

Sign in to view read count
Maine's independent Invisible Music Records label continues to bring to public attention, the artistry of musicians working and living in the New England area, with special emphasis on the State of Maine. Not only does the label feature artists who would not otherwise be heard, but they regularly open their recording studios to musicians who go beyond playing standards and offer newer music, including their compositions, for consideration. Consideration offers a musical agenda of 10 of drummer/leader Steve Grover originals. Mr. Grover brings significant credentials to this album as a composer. Among other things, his "Blackbird Suite" won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz/BMI Jazz Composers Competition of 1994.

The set gets an auspicious kick off with the ballad "Empathy", a very buoyant piece of music. There is excellent tenor sax by George Garzone featuring several runs showing off his fingering dexterity. What makes his approach different is that the runs make sense with the context of the tune, rather than sounding like he's practicing scales. Carrying the burden of creating the floating feel is Tim Sessions' trombone. Session figures prominently on this album and is a major contributor to its success. "Row", as the name implies, is a row of twelve tones and features an ear catching duet between Garzone's tenor and Grover's drums. Don Won is contemplation put to music, with a fascinating interplay between Grover's restrained drumming, Garzone's inventive sax playing and Sessions' probing, conversational trombone. Garzone manages to bring a modern setting to the tenor without resorting to honks and squeaks like some contemporary sax people. A break in the relatively serious mood comes with the lightly swinging "Singular". "Say It Again" is the other tune where the playing breaks away from the slow tempo mood. Once more, it's "Sessions' trombone which carries the load, supported by Carlberg's comping with Grover's delicately brushed cymbals and John Lockwood's bass providing the rhythmic foundation. Carlberg is allocated significant solo time on this track and his playing reminds one of Tommy Flanagan.

TracksEmpathy; Don Won; Row; Three Street; Consideration; Singular; Loss; Say It Again; Step on It; The Shortest Day of the YearPersonnelTim Sessions - Trombone; George Garzone - Tenor, Soprano Saxophones; Frank Carlberg - Piano; John Lockwood - Bass; Steve Grover - Drums


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter
saxophone
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
saxophone
Tom Harrell Tom Harrell
trumpet
Abraham Burton Abraham Burton
sax, alto
Rufus Reid Rufus Reid
bass, acoustic
Ernie Watts Ernie Watts
reeds
Lenny Breau Lenny Breau
guitar
Jay Hoggard Jay Hoggard
vibraphone

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Zero To 60" CD/LP/Track Review Zero To 60
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2016
Read "Summergold Promises" CD/LP/Track Review Summergold Promises
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 10, 2016
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by John Sharpe
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "Blood" CD/LP/Track Review Blood
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 14, 2016
Read "In Denmark 1959-1960" CD/LP/Track Review In Denmark 1959-1960
by Chris Mosey
Published: November 7, 2016
Read "Musings" CD/LP/Track Review Musings
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 2, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!